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joshs 05-13-2013 10:55 AM

second coat mud question
Hi all. Newbie at taping/mudding. Have the first coat up. For second coat, I know I put a thin layer to cover the tape. Should I still be able to see the tape after the second coat?

framer52 05-13-2013 11:29 AM

Josh. keep putting layers of mud on untill when you sand you have a nice smooth fin9sh that meets your approval. We can tell you how we do it, but remember most of us giving you advice have several years of putting it on. just keep mudding and sanding between coats until you are satisfied.:thumbsup:

joshs 05-13-2013 11:38 AM

I've been trying to keep the coats as thin as possible. Trying to keep sanding to a minimum. Guess I'll go with my dad's mantra. Drywall mudding is never finished, just good enough :-)

princelake 05-13-2013 06:51 PM

i would never sand between coats. just knock off the ridges with your knife before doing another coat. once the mud is dry you shouldn't see paper on your flats and butts. do as many coats as it takes.

ToolSeeker 05-13-2013 07:55 PM

And yes it's normal to see the tape after 2nd coat. And as stated thin is better.

drywallfinisher 05-15-2013 09:51 PM

ahh to determine what is a coat of mud..... you consider tape coat the 1st coat or is the first coat actually the first coat you put on after the tape....?

fail/bail/ just answers the question.......tape coat, first coat, second coat, skim coat and sand, brother. you'll still be able to see an impression after the first most cases.... be careful and NOT try and sand that impression out. Sand after the second then skim tightly. sand again.

joshs 05-16-2013 01:26 PM

Sorry. Still learning the lingo. I meant first coat after taping :-)


InspectorZo 05-16-2013 01:58 PM


Originally Posted by joshs (Post 1180598)
Sorry. Still learning the lingo. I meant first coat after taping :-)


You're doing great! Drywall taping is at best an imperfect finish. That is why it is often textured. Depending on direction of the sheets, the sunlight coming in at different times of the day, overhead lighting, etc. imperfections will become more apparent.
Don't make drywall taping the battleground for perfectionism. If you don't like the way it came out, add a light orange peel texture and it'll all go away.
Good luck! :thumbsup:

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